VOX Femina LA | The Choir

THE CHOIR

DR. IRIS S. LEVINEArtistic Director

LISA EDWARDSPianist

LORI MARIE RIOSAssistant Conductor

SOPRANOS

Desiree Balfour

Suzy Brown
Kate Burns
Catherine Card
Rhonda Dillon

Cynthia Glass

Lindsey Graham

Leah Hamilton
Allie Fukushima
Leslie Kaplan

Michele Mulidor

Sonia Ohan

Rachel Paterno-Mahler
Raeanne Pfeifer

Laura Pluth

Natalia Ramos
Mary Read

Chelsea Richer

Lori Marie Rios

Camille Watson

Tru Williams-Pierone

ALTOS

Jacklyn Agor

Lisa Bell

Casey Burgess
Evi Desser

Eileen Dorn
Alice Dryden
Laurie Fox
Miriam Hall

Clara Huang

Jolie Hughes

Mika Jain

Carol Lisek
Missy Nieto
Marcela Pan

Lauren Schellenbach
Ashley Sheagley

Sammy Sohn

Abbey Thompson

Sumana Wolf

Emily Works

VOX Femina

DR. IRIS S. LEVINE, Artistic Director

 

Nationally recognized for her excellence in choral conducting, Dr. Iris S. Levine is founder and artistic director of VOX Femina Los Angeles, L.A.’s premier women’s chorus. Through her extensive experience with women’s choral literature, and innovative concert programming, Dr. Levine has charted VOX Femina on an impressive 22-year journey, building its prominence in the choral community by way of numerous appearances at ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) conventions, and over 300 appearances throughout the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Dr. Levine is the Dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences at California State Polytechnic University in Pomona.  Now in her 30th year at Cal Poly, Dr. Levine served as Department Chair and Professor of Music and conducted the Kellogg Chamber Singers, taught Beginning Conducting, Choral Conducting and Music Education courses. Dr. Levine earned her Doctorate in Choral Music from the University of Southern California under the tutelage of Rod Eichenberger and James Vail, and she holds a Masters degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University in Philadelphia, where she studied with Alan Harler.

 

Dr. Levine is the Artistic Director for the Master Chorus at Stephen S. Wise Temple, where her choral arrangements are frequently performed. Dr. Levine authored the chapter on “Working with the Women’s Community Choir” in the 2012 GIA publication: Conducting Women’s Choirs: Strategies for Success. Dr. Levine is the editor for the Iris S. Levine Treble Choral Series with Pavane Publishing and is highly sought as guest clinician and adjudicator for choral festivals throughout the country.

Dr. Iris S. Levine

LISA EDWARDS, Pianist

 

Following her undergraduate studies in piano performance at University of North Texas, Lisa Edwards earned her Master of Music degree in the Keyboard Collaborative Arts program at the University of Southern California with honors. She is also on faculty for the Idyllwild Summer Arts Program. While at USC, she was awarded the Gwendolyn Koldofsky Scholarship.

Currently, Ms. Edwards is the pianist/music assistant for the Los Angeles Master Chorale, under the direction of Grant Gershon and performs regularly on stage at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Her concert credits include performances with the Los Angeles Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Santa Barbara Symphony. On disc, Lisa can be heard on two Nonesuch recordings of Steve Reich’s music – “You Are” Variations and “Daniel Variations”. 

Previous faculty positions include California State University Long Beach, Glendale Community College, and Pasadena Community College. In addition to being the pianist for VOX Femina Los Angeles, Ms. Edwards holds positions with San Marino Community Church, Stephen S. Wise Temple in Bel Air, and Congregation Kol Ami in West Hollywood. Lisa travels throughout the United States as a vocal/chamber music pianist.

Lisa Edwards

LORI MARIE RIOS, Assistant Conductor

 

Lori Marie Rios is in her 11th year as Associate Professor of Music at College of the Canyons, where she conducts the Chamber Singers and Voices of the Canyons. She also administrates the Individualized Voice Program and teaches voice. She has recently been appointed as Artistic Director of the Los Angeles Bach Festival where she has served as the Assistant Director for the past 9 years.

Professor Rios has prepared chorus's for the Los Angeles Bach Festival, Foothill Master Chorale, Don Brinegar Singers, Idyllwild Arts Chorus and California State University, Fullerton Choirs.

Lori Marie is currently Vice President of the California chapter of the American Choral Directors Association and serves on the regional and national steering committees for the association.

Prior to her appointment at COC, she directed the choral program at La Cañada High School. Her choirs have appeared at the American Choral Directors Association Regional (2004) and National Conventions (2007). The choirs at La Cañada also performed at the California Music Educators Conferences. From 1991 - 1999, she was Director of Children's Music at St. Margaret Mary Parish School. Lori Marie currently is an adjunct professor at California State Fullerton Music Education Department and is a founding instructor of the Choral Education Workshop hosted by California State University, Fullerton. She has taught voice and graduate-level conducting at CSU Los Angeles' summer graduate program and is a faculty memeber and Assistant Director of the choral-vocal faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program.

She made her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut in 2006 as the soprano soloist in Mozart's Requiem. As a soloist she has performed the Rossini Stabat Mater, Vivaldi, Gloria, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Haydn, Lord Nelson Mass, Handel's Messiah and many others. Lori Marie has worked under such conductors as Paul Salamunovich, Don Brinegar, Vance George, Bruce Mayhall-Rastrelli, Jonathan Talberg, and Grant Gershon and Rob Istad.

Additionally, Lori Marie has presented workshops for the American Choral Directors Association, the Nevada Music Educators Association, and the Canadian Rocky Choral Education Association. Professor Rios conducted the Idaho All State Mixed Honor Choir in February of 2016 and will also be guest clinician in Tokyo, Japan and Ottowa, Canada next year. She is in high demand as a choral clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator. She has conducted district and state-wide honor choirs and will be conducting the Reno All-State Middle School Honor Choir this year. She holds a Master's of Music degree in Conducting and Vocal Performance from teh University of Nevada, Reno and a Bachelor's of Music in Choral Studies.

 

When not working she loves spending time with her friends, going to the theatre, drinking fine wines and spending time with her husband, Bryan. They have two children, Clayton and Lacey, who have wonderful partners, Karen and Justin. Lacey and Justin have blessed the family with Meadow Moon, a beautiful 17 month old grand baby.

Lori Marie Rios

CONTACT US  
3341 Caroline Ave. 
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone: 310-922-0025
E-Mail: vfla@voxfemina.org
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